Thursday, September 18, 2003
TUSCALOOSA, ALA -- After months of training and a two-mile tune-up race to open the season two weeks ago, the Alabama women’s cross country team is ready to get things started in earnest Friday at the 16th annual Crimson Classic.
The Classic will feature five races starting at 3 p.m. at Harry Pritchett Golf Course. There will be an all-comers race staring at 3 p.m., a women’s high school race at 4 p.m. and a men’s high school race at 4:30 p.m.
The collegiate competitions start at 5 p.m. with the women’s 5-kilometer race while the men’s collegiate race, an 8k, gets underway at 5:30 p.m.
The women’s race features 15 teams and more than 150 athletes including squads from Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Tennessee and UAB.
The Crimson Tide will be paced by its rookie lineup, which includes Canadian national team member Julia Hicks, who was the Tide’s top finisher at the Belmont Opener two weeks ago snagging fourth place. At the Belmont, the Tide’s scoring five were all freshmen, which could be the case again this weekend.
Last year, Alabama finished second at the Crimson Classic with two finishers in the individual top-10. The 2002 champs, Auburn, are not returning to defend the title.
Results for the collegiate races will be available on www.rolltide.com approximately one hour after the last race.